If we are interested in telling stories through mixed-media, then we must be ready to use all the tools of our trade. Visual stories can be some of the most powerful. I am currently putting the finishing touches on a story that alternates between novel text and full-spread images (similar to The Invention of Hugo Cabret). While working with my co-author (Reema), I learned just how important storyboards are. Even if you are not a visual storyteller. Even if you are the word-smith or music tsar, having a good grasp on storyboard fundamentals is an absolute must. So, here is a list of good, easy to grasp videos and resources to introduce us all to the world of stories through pictures.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-yeI83fN6s – Storyboards are like blueprints for your movies. And the bigger your production, the more important they become. As Christopher Columbus once said, “Making a movie without a storyboard is like throwing your money into a bottomless pit.”

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/storyboarding-your-film.html –  A practical guide to starting a storyboard.

http://shop.mwp.com/products/the-storyboard-artist-a-guide-to-freelancing-in-film-tv-and-advertising – The best book on the market for an all in one guide to storyboarding

http://www.amazon.com/The-Visual-Story-Second-Edition/dp/0240807790 – Another good book about how to tell a story in visual ways

Do you know other resources? Comments welcome.

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Storyteller. Researcher. Coder. Innovator. I seek to push the boundaries of storytelling and education.
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